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PR 02/35

MOROCCO SIGNS THE INTERNATIONAL TREATY ON PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES - FIRST NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRY SIGNATORY

Rome, 28 March 2002- Morocco has signed the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, as a first step in the ratification process. Eleven countries have now signed the Treaty since it was adopted by the FAO Conference last November: Venezuela, Mexico and Haiti, in the Latin America and Caribbean region, and Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal, Jordan, Mali and Namibia in Africa. Morocco is the first North-African signatory.

PR 02/34

GERMANY SUPPORTS FAO ACTIVITIES IN AFGHANISTAN WITH A 7.6 MILLION EURO-AID-PACKAGE

Rome, 27 March - The Finance Committee of the German Parliament has approved a 7.6 million Euro aid package in support of agricultural rehabilitation carried out by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Afghanistan. It is the first time for many years that Germany, in addition to its regular contribution to the FAO budget, has pledged money in support of FAO development activities, the UN agency said in a statement issued today.

PR 02/33

WORLD WATER DAY 2002: FAO: AGRICULTURE NEEDS TO PRODUCE MORE FOOD WITH LESS WATER

Rome, 22 March 2002 - Irrigated crop production is set to increase by more than 80 percent by 2030 to meet the future demand for food in developing countries, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today on the occasion of World Water Day.

PR 02/32

ETHICS PANEL HOLDS SECOND SESSION - GLOBALISATION AND AGRICULTURAL INTENSIFICATION ON TOP OF AGENDA

Rome, 18 March 2002. - Ethical issues related to globalisation and agricultural intensification will be addressed by the Panel of Eminent Experts on Ethics in Food and Agriculture (*) gathered in Rome from 18 to 20 March 2002 for its second session, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.

PR 02/31

COUNTRIES AGREE TO FIGHT DANGEROUS INSECTS IN WOOD-PACKAGING MATERIAL

Rome, 18 March 2002 - Around 90 countries have agreed on new guidelines on wood packaging material that may contain dangerous wood-eating insects, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

PR 02/30

THREE UN AGENCIES WARN: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT HINGES ON REDUCING POVERTY AND HUNGER

Monterrey, Mexico, 18 March 2002 - The International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) cannot spur broad-based economic development unless it leads to increased funding to fight world hunger and rural poverty, three UN food and agricultural agencies warned at a news conference today.

PR 02/29

NEAR EAST CONFERENCE ENDORSES GERMAN INITIATIVE FOR AN INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE AGAINST HUNGER AND POVERTY, CALLS FOR INCREASED INVESTMENT IN AGRICULTURE

Teheran, 13 March - Ministers of Agriculture and delegates from 24 Near Eastern countries endorsed the establishment of an "International Alliance Against Hunger and Poverty" as called for by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Johannes Rau at the annual World Food Day observance held last October at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Headquarters.

PR 02/28

WHEAT SEEDS DISTRIBUTED TO 30 000 RURAL FAMILIES IN AFGHANISTAN

Rome, 12 March 2002 - Approximately 30 000 families in rural areas of Northern Afghanistan have received 1 500 tonnes of wheat seeds and fertilizers for the spring planting by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN agency said today. FAO estimates that farmers could finally harvest around 16 000 tonnes of wheat from the seeds distributed.

PR 02/27

IN THE MOST WATER SCARCE REGION IN THE WORLD, FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL JACQUES DIOUF TELLS NEAR EAST AGRICULTURE MINISTERS: GETTING MORE CROPS PER DROP IS KEY TO FOOD SECURITY

Tehran/Rome, 12 March, 2002 - Home to 6.2 percent of the world's population, the Near East Region is the most water scarce region in the world, possessing just 1.5 percent of the planet's renewable fresh water resources, warned UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Jacques Diouf.

PR 02/26

FAO WARNS THAT FOOD IMPORT DEPENDENCE COULD THREATEN NEAR EAST FOOD SECURITY - URGES EXPORT DIVERSIFICATION AND INCREASED REGIONAL TRADE

Tehran/Rome, 11 March 2000 -- The high dependency on food imports in the Near East poses a formidable challenge for countries throughout the region, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today at its 26th Regional Conference for the Near East. High dependence on food imports exposes countries to a number of food security risks, FAO said. Near East imports of cereals expanded from 15 percent in the early 1970s to 33 percent at the end of the 1990s.

PR 02/25

COMBATING DROUGHT, A TOP-PRIORITY FOR NEAR EAST COUNTRIES, FAO SAYS

Tehran/Rome, 9 March 2002. - Combating drought, a top-priority for the Near East, requires greater awareness at the highest level of governments and national action plans for drought mitigation and management, says the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) at its 26th Regional Conference for the Near East which opened today in Tehran.

PR 02/24

JOINT PRESS RELEASE - CODEX TASK FORCE AGREES ON FINAL DRAFT OF PRINCIPLES FOR THE EVALUATION OF GM FOODS

Rome/Geneva, 8 March 2002 -- A Task Force of the Codex Alimentarius Commission has reached agreement on a final draft of "Principles for the risk analysis of foods derived from biotechnology," the UN Food and Agriculture Organzation (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

PR 02/23

FAO REGIONAL CONFERENCE FOR THE NEAR EAST OPENS SATURDAY IN TEHRAN; AGRICULTURE MINISTERS AND EXPERTS WILL PAVE THE WAY FOR WORLD FOOD SUMMIT:five years later SCHEDULED FOR 10-13 JUNE 2002 IN ROME

Tehran/Rome, 7 March 2002.? The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) opens its 26th Regional Conference for the Near East next Saturday at Azadi Grand Hotel in Tehran. Agriculture, forestry and fisheries ministers and experts from 29 countries will assess the current food and agriculture situation in the Near East Region, review progress achieved since the 1996 World Food Summit and address the themes of the World Food Summit: five years later (WFS:fyl) scheduled in Rome, Italy from 10 to 13 June 2002.

PR 02/22

FOOD SAFETY CONFERENCE FAVOURS EUROPEAN-WIDE COOPERATION AND RAPID ALERT SYSTEM FOR CONSUMER PROTECTION

Budapest, 28 February 2002 - The first Pan-European Food Safety Conference has called upon Central and Eastern European countries today to join a Rapid Alert System for Food Products, already operational in the European Union. According to the report of the meeting, the system "has proved to be useful to support public health, consumer protection and transparency in international food trade" and countries are "encouraged to participate".

PR 02/21

SOUTH AFRICAN SOLIDARITY CONCERT TO FIGHT HUNGER

Rome, February 28, 2002 - Against a backdrop of acute food shortages in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe and an alert from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of a growing food emergency across southern Africa, musical artists and performers from across the continent are converging on Johannesburg, South Africa, to lend their support and to contribute their talents to the fight against hunger.

PR 02/20

First Pan-European Conference on Food Quality and Safety: FOODBORNE DISEASES ARE ON THE RISE IN EUROPE - FAO/WHO CALL FOR BETTER CONSUMER PROTECTION

Budapest, 25 February 2002 - Food safety and quality need to be improved in all European countries because foodborne diseases have increased considerably in the region in the past decade, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a joint statement issued today. On the rise in particular are diseases from microbiological hazards such as Salmonella and Campylobacter and cases of foods contaminated by chemical hazards, such as dioxin, lead and cadmium, according to the two UN agencies.

PR 02/19

THREE DEADLY PESTICIDES AND ASBESTOS TARGETED FOR ACTION

Geneva, 21 February 2002 - A committee of government-appointed experts has concluded that three widely-used pesticides and all forms of asbestos should be added to an international list of chemicals subject to trade controls.

PR 02/18

EMERGENCY SEED DISTRIBUTION NEEDED IN GEORGIA - FAO APPEALS FOR HELP

Rome 21 February -The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is today appealing for US$1 537 066 towards assistance to 77 720 drought-affected farming households in western regions of Georgia.

PR 02/17

FIRST PAN-EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON FOOD SAFETY AND QUALITY TO BE HELD IN BUDAPEST

Rome/Budapest, 20 February 2002 - For the first time more than 40 European countries will meet to discuss food safety and quality issues, and how to strengthen consumer confidence after recent food scares

PR 02/16

FAO: URGENT ACTION NEEDED TO AVOID ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER IN DJIBOUTI

Rome, 19 February - Ten leaking shipping containers of a toxic pesticide are creating serious human health and environmental problems in the port of Djibouti, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. The present location of the containers is already severely contaminated, according to FAO. The worst affected site is within 400 m of a food aid store.

PR 02/15

FAO CO-HOSTS WORKSHOP ON PARTICIPATORY FORESTRY IN AFRICA: DEFINING THE WAY FORWARD FOR MORE COMMUNITY-BASED MANAGEMENT OF FORESTS

Rome, 18 February 2002 - Forest conditions improve when local communities are involved and have rights and capacities to participate in management of their forest resources and get some benefits back, studies have shown. But participation of local communities in forest management, even when recognized in national forest management legislation, is seldom put into practice on a large scale. How to help policy makers improve and implement local participation in forest management is one of the main topics to be discussed at the Second International Workshop on Participatory Forestry in Africa, starting in Arusha, Tanzania today.

PR 02/14

JOINT PRESS RELEASE: UN/FAO - JAMES T. MORRIS APPOINTED TO HEAD WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME

New York/Rome 14 February 2002 -- U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf announced today their appointment of James T. Morris as Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP). The announcement came following consultations with WFP's executive board of 36 member countries.

PR 02/13

MANY OF WORLD'S CHRONICALLY UNDERNOURISHED RESIDE IN MOUNTAIN REGIONS

Rome, 15 February 2002 - Mountain dwellers are among the world's largest populations of undernourished and hungry, David Harcharik, Deputy Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said today.

PR 02/12

AFRICAN COUNTRIES URGE WORLD LEADERS TO ATTEND WORLD FOOD SUMMIT: five years later

Cairo, 8 February 2002. - Agriculture Ministers and delegates from 45 African countries today urged world leaders to attend the World Food Summit: five years later (WFS: fyl), in Rome, Italy from 10 to 13 June, 2002. The call came as they concluded the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) 22nd Regional Conference for Africa meeting in Cairo since 4 February.

PR 02/11

DEVELOPING COUNTRIES MUST BE GIVEN GREATER OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE, WARNS FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL JACQUES DIOUF - Regional Conference for Africa Prepares for World Food Summit: five years later, Rome, 10-13 June 2002

Cairo, 7 February 2002 - Globalization and liberalization of trade for agricultural products, movement of capital and transfer of technology must enhance the living conditions of people in both the developed and the developing countries, warned UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Jacques Diouf.

PR 02/10

FEARING IMPACT OF STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT PROGRAMS, AFRICAN NGO/CSOs ADOPT CAIRO DECLARATION FOR FOOD SECURITY

Cairo, 5 February 2002 - Heads of 30 African non-governmental and civil society organizations (NGO/CSOs) concluded a two-day consultation held in parallel to the 22nd UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Regional Conference for Africa (4-8 February).

PR 02/09

FAO REGIONAL CONFERENCE FOR AFRICA CONCERNED OVER IMPACT OF HIV-AIDS ON RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Cairo, 5 February 2002. - With HIV/AIDS threatening the lives and livelihood of millions of rural people and jeopardizing rural development across Africa, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today stressed the need to strengthen the fight against the debilitating disease at its 22nd Regional Conference for Africa, meeting in Cairo 4-8 February.

PR 02/08

ITALY, FAO, IFAD AND WFP SIGN AGREEMENT TO REDUCE HUNGER AND POVERTY WORLDWIDE

Rome, 29 January 2002 - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has signed an agreement with the Italian government, the International Fund for Agriculture (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) aimed at reinforcing cooperation in the agriculture and agro-industrial sectors.

PR 02/07

FAO WARNS OF WORSENING WATER SCARCITY IN THE MEDITERRANEAN: IRRIGATION NEEDS TO SAVE MORE WATER - FARMERS SHOULD BECOME MORE RESPONSIBLE FOR WATER MANAGEMENT

Rome, 4 February 2002 - Competition for scarce water resources will increase in the Mediterranean basin in the coming decades and will seriously aggravate the existing shortage of water, according to a new study published today by the International Programme for Technology and Research in Irrigation and Drainage (IPTRID). IPTRID is hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

PR 02/06

FAO LAUNCHES EMERGENCY APPEAL FOR VOLCANO VICTIMS IN GOMA

Rome, 31 January 2002 - To assist refugees and farmers in the city of Goma in eastern Congo, hit by a volcanic eruption on 17 January, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today appealed, in the framework of a UN integrated effort, for US$1.25 million immediate aid. International emergency assistance to farmers and their families could help to avoid serious repercussions on food security and agriculture in the Goma area, FAO said.

PR 02/05

SPEAKING IN NEW YORK AT A PREPARATORY MEETING TO THE JOHANNESBURG WORLD SUMMIT - JACQUES DIOUF UNDERLINES THE IMPORTANT POTENTIAL OF AGRICULTURE TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

New York/Rome, 29 January 2002 - Dr Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), today underlined "the important potential of agriculture" to help achieve the goals of the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg on 26 August - 4 September 2002.

PR 02/04

TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND BOOST ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, COUNTRIES STRIVE FOR BETTER FOOD SAFETY - LESSONS LEARNED SHARED AT GLOBAL FORUM

Marrakesh, 28 January - The first ever Global Forum of Food Safety Regulators opened today, seeking ways to improve the safety of food worldwide at every step of the food production chain - from farmers, through processors and retailers, to consumers.

PR 02/03

FAO URGES COUNTRIES TO DISCONTINUE THE USE OF CHLORAMPHENICOL IN ANIMAL PRODUCTION

Rome, 24 January -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has suggested that countries should take steps to stop the use of chloramphenicol in food production. In a statement issued today, FAO said that chloramphenicol is a broad-spectrum antibiotic used in human and pet animal medicine, and it is still being applied in some countries in animal production, including aquaculture.

PR 02/02

INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS DISCUSS OPTIONS FOR COMBATING ILLEGAL FOREST PRACTICES

Rome, 21 January. - Ways and means of combating illegal forest practices were the main theme of discussions among international experts who met at the Rome headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) last week to consider policy options for improving compliance with the law in the forestry sector.

PR 02/01

FAO: PEACE AND STABILITY IN AFGHANISTAN DEPEND ON PRODUCTIVE AGRICULTURE - APPEAL FOR US$39 MILLION LAUNCHED

Rome/Tokyo, 21 January 2002 - Peace and long-term economic stability in Afghanistan must be built on the restoration of productive agriculture, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today in a statement issued on the occasion of an international donor meeting in Tokyo.


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